A Man Missing Since 1996 Is Now Found Alive In A Neighbours Underground Pit!

A Man Missing Since 1996 Is Now Found Alive In A Neighbours Underground Pit!

A shocking turn of events that seems more like the plot of a suspense thriller took place in Algeria. Omar B, an Algerian man, has been found alive after being missing for over 26 years. Omar disappeared at the age of 17 during the tough times of the Algerian Civil War in1996. Shockingly, he was discovered in a hay-covered cellar just a short walk from his family home in the city of Djelfa. The now 45-year-old had a desperate look on his face as he was taken out.

The initial reactions ranged from disbelief to relief. The local authorities and the public were shocked by his captivity for over 26 years. Omar is still receiving medical care and psychological support after enduring a heinous crime. Let’s have a closer look at the details of this story and what triggered Omar’s discovery. 

Omar’s Disappearance

Omar was one of the nine children in the family. To everyone’s disappointment, he vanished at the young age of 19 during the Algerian Civil War. It was a period marked by significant social and political unrest. The uncertainty of the times made his disappearance one among many. However, it left a deep emotional scar on his family. 

Omar’s mother passed away while he remained captive. She never knew what had become of her son. She believed that he might have been kidnapped or killed. According to Algerian News reports, her last wish was; “Please, do not stop searching for Omar. I am sure he is still alive.”

The local community, too, was haunted by his unexplained absence.

“(Omar’s) poor mum died while he was in captivity, without knowing what had happened to him, without knowing that all this time he was really right beside her.”

A neighbor told Algerian TV station Bilad
A Man Missing Since 1996 Is Now Found Alive
Image source: Daily Mail / en.hespress.com

The Unexpected Discovery and Rescue

The breakthrough in Omar’s case came unexpectedly. The captor’s brother, following an inheritance dispute, posted on social media that his brother might be involved in a kidnapping. This made the police conduct an operation to uncover his crimes. Omar was discovered on on May 12, 2024, according to Djelfa Attorney General’s Office.

For 26 years, Omar was confined in an underground pit, a crude and dimly lit space covered with hay. The pit was a hidden well on a sheep farm. The place stood about 200 meters from where his family lived. Shocking footage showed how Omar was being helped out of the cellar while he had a desperate look on his face. 

A 61-year-old doorman is behind the crime of keeping him captive. The man attempted to escape but the officers were successful in keeping him remanded in custody. He has supposedly lived alone and has worked as a civil servant.

Omar B was unable to utter a word even after he was rescued. Reports say that it is because the man has cast a ‘spell’ on him. The pit’s small, cramped conditions along with decades of isolation left a lasting psychological impact on him.  

Captor Killed His Dog Too!

The captor of Omar has also been blamed for killing Omar’s dog. The dog is seen in photos with him as a teenager the year he went missing. The dog has been lingering around the abductor’s home for around a month following Omar’s disappearance. The dog’s body was found soon after in front of Omar’s family’s home. According to Algerian reports, the dog was believed to have been poisoned.

A Man Missing Since 1996 Is Now Found Alive
Image source: Daily Mail / New York Post (Image on the left is a picture of Omar with his dog who were also killed by Omar’s captor)

Ongoing Investigation

The ongoing investigation into this heinous crime has seen the captor remanded in custody, with the court promising severe trials. However Omar is unable to say anything regarding what happened all these years.

This case has sparked discussions on potential changes in policies regarding missing persons and kidnapping. Furthermore, the community has rallied to support Omar, initiating campaigns and support groups to aid his recovery.

“Following this report, the General Prosecutor of the Court of Idrisiya in the province of Djelfa ordered the National Gendarmerie to open an in-depth investigation and officers went to the house in question. The Public Prosecutor’s Office ordered that the victim receive medical and psychological treatment, and the suspect will be presented to the Public Prosecutor’s Office immediately after the completion of the investigation.”

Court official


Reflecting on Omar’s ordeal highlights not just his immense psychological resilience but also the broader implications of community vigilance and unresolved missing persons cases. It underscores the need for better support systems for trauma recovery and mental health. As we share this incredible story, let it be a call to action for all of us to support organizations dedicated to finding missing persons and to become proactive members of our communities. 

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